Union County NJ Drug Charges Lawyer
Drug Crimes Attorneys in Elizabeth, New Jersey
If you have been arrested for drug possession or selling drugs, such as distribution of marijuana, cocaine, or heroin in Union County, New Jersey, you are facing serious criminal penalties such as probation, community service, loss of drivers license, thousands in fines, and jail time. Most of all, a conviction of a drug offense will remain with you as a permanent criminal record and can create a stigma that will limit your future educational and employment opportunities. At the Proetta & Oliver, we have extensive experience from years of defending clients charged with drug crimes ranging from simple possession to manufacturing and distributing enormous quantities of various narcotics. We will analyze the State’s charges against you and aggressively attack the weaknesses of the prosecutor’s case.
Drug Possession Cases in Roselle Park & Elizabeth
In New Jersey, the simple possession of any illegal drug, no matter the amount — or possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription — is an automatic criminal offense and can even be an indictable felony depending on the gradation of the narcotic, such as heroin and cocaine. Our New Jersey criminal defense firm represents clients who have been charged with municipal and superior court indictable drug offenses, including the following:
- Marijuana Offenses
- Cocaine Charges
- Heroin Possession
- Prescription Drug Offenses
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Intent to Distribute in a School Zone
- Distribution Within 500 Feet of a Public Park or Housing
- Maintaining a CDS Production Facility
- Failure to Make Lawful Disposition
- CDS in a Motor Vehicle
- Oxycontin Possession & Distribution
Depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved, a drug possession charge may be handled as a municipal charge in a local court or an indictable charge in the Union County Superior Court. However, make no mistake – a conviction for a drug charge will seriously affect your future and may make you ineligible for student loans, unable to achieve security clearance, and preclude you from many corporate jobs. Our drug defense attorneys have handled thousands of criminal and municipal court charges throughout their careers. As experienced criminal attorneys, they can carefully evaluate both the strengths and weaknesses of your case, to formulate well-planned defense. We are often able to get our clients charges dismissed or downgraded through negotiating a remand to municipal court or securing our client’s admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention in Superior Court so that you avoid a conviction altogether. If the municipal court has jurisdiction then we will work with the prosecutor to secure you a Conditional Discharge, similar to PTI, or seek to have your charges amended to a less serious charge or even administratively dismissed, depending on the facts.
Our experienced New Jersey federal criminal defense attorneys are also thoroughly equipped to defend you in U.S. District Court against drug trafficking charges. If you have been contacted by police about potential involvement in a drug manufacturing or distribution operation, we can assist with every phase of your case, from questioning by federal agents, to negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and ultimately, to formulating and executing the best trial strategy.
Linden Drug Distribution Attorney · (908) 838-0150
Whether your charges end up in Superior Court or Municipal Court often depends on the type of narcotic according to the New Jersey Drug Schedule, the amount of drugs found, and whether there was intent to distribute the drugs. If you have been charged with a drug offense you most definitely need the experience of a seasoned defense lawyer to represent you through the judicial process. We offer free consultations with a criminal attorney who can answer your questions and we are available 24/7 at (201) 793-8018 or e-mail us today.